(Except ye become as little children)
by Donna Rose Stewart
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named
Donna. Donna was a sweet, sensitive and considerate little girl.
She was very naturally natural - she loved nature, art, music
and people. She was not afraid of anyone or anything (it had
never occurred to her).
As an expression of herself, Donna sang. She sang all day long.
She sang at home. She sang in nature (her mother could not keep
her inside the house). She sang everywhere she went. She sang
for her classmates during school. It was very natural for Donna
to sing. She had a simple and joyful connection with God and
all He created....
Donna had been going to church with neighbors for 3 years when
she accepted the teachings that she'd been hearing during that
time. She walked down the isle of the church with tears streaming
down her face - because she was such a sinner and so unworthy,
so bad.... little Donna was only nine years old!
It was time for Donna's weekly performance for her school mates.
Donna had been singing for her class each week, but (now) things
were different. Donna had become self-conscious and she found
herself hesitating. She had become unsure of herself and was
concerned about what people thought about her. What had happened!?
How had Donna lost herself, her connection to God and to other
course, Donna had not really lost her connection to God or
to other people. This world had simply diverted her attention
from all that truly meant anything to her. What people thought
about her had become important. What she had lost was the joy
and innocence of her faith.
would take Donna many, many years to learn that it does not
matter what other people think - it only matters that she walk
with God! Only this brings her contentment. Only this brings
her joy. Only this makes her happy and fulfilled. Only this
enables her to sing again with the enthusiasm and spontaneity
of a child.
© 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 Donna Rose Stewart
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